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ERIC Number: ED555018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 88
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-309-10586-6
Science, Evolution, and Creationism
National Academies Press
How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable. In the book "Science, Evolution, and Creationism," a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design." The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes. Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, "Science, Evolution, and Creationism" shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith. For educators, students, teachers, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, and parents who seek to understand the basis of evolutionary science, this publication will be an essential resource. Frequently Asked Questions, Additional Readings, Committee Member Biographies, Index, and Credits are included. [This book was written by: the Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Sciences; Institute of Medicine; National Academies.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Community; Policymakers; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation; Biotechnology Institute
Authoring Institution: National Academies, National Academy of Sciences; National Academies, Institute of Medicine